With My Lazy Eye
By: Julia Kelly
With My Lazy Eye by Julia Kelly, signed copy of original 2007 edition.
‘Julia Kelly’s is surely the freshest voice in Irish fiction since the wonderful early novels of Edna O’Brien. This is a future to watch.’ – John Banville
This remarkable first novel releases the voice of Lucy Bastonme (or Bunty) as she makes her journey through adolescence in 1980s Ireland. Intensely focused, prismatic and delicately nuanced, the internal flight of the narrator finds expression in closely observed snapshots from a family album.
At its core With My Lazy Eye is an exploration of father love in which the patriarch of a Dublin bourgeois Catholic household becomes ever more elusive and distant and his daughter ever more muddled, myopic and needy.
Bunty makes discoveries about her father that free her from the prison and shelter of a protracted childhood. A new vision is won as she steps away from the past towards the light, metamorphosed.
This is a quirky, poignant coming-of-age story like no other.
PRAISE FOR JULIA KELLY
‘This is a book about life, told by a master story-teller with a razor sharp intellect.’ Customer review
‘This is a pleasant coming-of-age story, with the story’s protagonist, Lucy, struggling against a lack of self confidence, and lack of ability, and her worsening eyesight.’ Customer review
‘This beautifully written novel/memoir is amazingly evocative of a middle-class childhood in the 70s in Dublin. I could practically feel the wide-wale brown corduroy and fake-leather elbow patches of my youth – and the author’s – as I read it. Her use of language is mesmerising, especially in the early chapters; later on things become cringe-inducingly hilarious or bring a lump to the throat.’ Customer review
‘It’s a simple idea for a novel but what makes this another outstanding book from Kelly is the sparkling writing, the acute observation of the little things that people do and the sense of humour.’ The Independent
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JULIA KELLY was born in 1969, studied English, Sociology and Journalism in Dublin, and escaped to London for the mad, bad years of life. She now lives in Bray, County Wicklow. This is her first novel.